Interior door with cabinet bits?

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09-30-2014 12:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question interior door door raised panel

I was wondering if anyone has done this, can recommend from experience how to do this, or can give advice on another way.

My question: Has anyone ever made a double sided raised panel interior door like this with regular cabinet bits?

I have made lots of raised panel cabinet doors. I have sets of Frued bits in various configurations. I’d like to make two of these 30” doors. Since the doors are thicker than a cabinet I thought I could make all components (rails, styles, panels) by using my cabinet bits first on one side then on the other side. I figure it would cut the groove for the rails and styles wide enough for the panels by cutting twice. Once for one side then the other. I’m trying to avoid finding and paying for bits to make doors as I suspect these may be the only two doors I ever make.

The door has rails/styles that are ogee on the inside edges (I’ve got cabinet bits that do this.
The panels are raised. i have cabinet bits that do this too.


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#1 posted 09-30-2014 02:00 PM

A few years back, a friend asked me to make a set of ‘saloon’ style swinging doors in his divided basement at the entrance to his Game Room.
I set up the cabinet door ‘style’ and ‘rail’ bits exactly as you have described, the edges of the panels had to be left a little thicker than normal, worked like a dream, and they are still, ‘Just a Swingin’.

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 03:14 PM

Should work fine, you might end up having more wood to cut out of the slot normally left for the cabinet panel due to the door panel being so much thicker. That really shouldn’t be a problem as the depth will already be defined by the slot cutter. The panels would be the same as cabinet panels, just profiled on both sides instead of one. Coping the rails would require the removal of the cutter opposite the profile to be able to leave the wood.

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 04:43 PM

My only concern is that some cope and stick bits set the tongue to a fixed 1/4” thickness. It sounds like you have bits that don’t have that limitation, so you should be fine.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 04:58 PM

I have made 1 interior door. I used the Amana bit set. The profiles are significantly larger than comparable cabinet door profiles. I suspect that using the smaller profiles for cabinet doors will look funny when the door is scaled up to 30” x 80”. So before you commit to this plan I recommend that you take the time to make an 80” tall 1 panel door from MDF or plywood edge banded with 1×2 solid stock.

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 08:35 PM

Greg, I think you’re right. I have a set of Frued bits in mind as I’ve had good luck with them and they always come with a big detailed instruction page. Thing is I’d have to shell out $171 for them to make the doors…. sigh….


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